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UR Policy for Identifying and Resolving Conflicts of Interest in CME

  • The University of Rochester’s Center for Experiential Learning (CEL) will provide a process for identifying, and mechanisms for resolving, actual or potential conflicts of interest (COI) prior to awarding AMA PRA Category 1 credit for CME activities.
  • Anyone in a position to control the content of a proposed CME activity will complete a Planner/Presenter Disclosure Form.
  • The primary responsibility to identify, address and attempt to resolve any COI belongs to the Activity Director. The CEL staff will be available to assist with this process.
  • All identified actual and potential COI will be disclosed to CME activity participants.
  • The use of employees of ACCME-defined commercial interests as faculty and planners or in other roles where they are in a position to control the content of accredited CME is prohibited, except in specific situations. For more information, please visit Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.

Content Validation Policy

ACCME Standard 5: Content and Format without Commercial Bias

  • STANDARD 5.1: The content or format of a CME activity or its related materials must promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial interest.
  • STANDARD 5.2: Presentations must give a balanced view of therapeutic options. Use of generic names will contribute to this impartiality. If the CME educational material or content includes trade names, where available trade names from several companies should be used, not just trade names from a single company.

Commercial Support Policy

As an integral part of our mission to provide the highest quality educational activities to the professional health care community, the CEL strictly adheres to the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education. The success of continuing medical education activities certified through our office relies on our ability to work closely with both faculty planning committees and industry representatives to deliver programs that positively impact all participants and strongly uphold the standards of commercial support as outlined by the ACCME.

All CME educational grant requests must be reviewed by CEL staff prior to submission and when a request for grant funding has been approved. Please review the Grant Application Protocol document for instructions and details.

For more information regarding the ACCME Standards for Integrity and Independence, or to discuss commercial support, educational grants and/or commercial exhibits for upcoming conferences, please contact Helina Kebede.

UR Policy on Industry Interactions